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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Items of interest from Village staff and the Jan. 17 Board meeting


  • A recommendation from Mayor Hap Gilbert to appoint a Springfield law firm to represent the Village drew a 4-2 vote from trustees, with trustees Steve Hubbard and Larry Reed voting “no” and citing their preference for a local law firm. Attorney Darrell Woolums of Samuels Miller Schroeder Jackson & Sly of Decatur had served the Village since 1986. Woolums was replaced by Attorney Jeff Jurgens of Sorling Northrup, Hanna, Cullen & Cochran of Springfield. The appointment is effective immediately. Jurgens recently conducted a review of the sales tax issue involving the Village and Maroa-Forsyth School District.
  • Mayor Hap Gilbert presented four recipients with the 2011 Pride & Progress awards at the Jan. 17 Board meeting. Awards in the category of Economic Development went to Gary Birschbach and Garry Brown. Gayle Bruckner and Pat Dawson were each recognized with a Humanitarianism award. (See details next issue.)
  • Trustees authorized Village Treasurer Rhonda Stewart to open a check scanning account with the Hickory Point Bank. The process allows the Village to scan all checks received by the Village with the creation of a deposit file that would be sent to the bank electronically.
  • Trustees endorsed the continuation of the Forsyth Family Fest after discussing isolated complaints about the use of taxpayers’ money for this annual community event.


  • A lengthy Jan. 17 Board discussion about the Village’s hotel/motel tax followed a motion by trustee Bob Rasho to suspend the three percent tax effective at the end of the Village’s fiscal year Apr. 30. The discussion ended with Rasho’s decision to withdraw his motion based on the expectation that a public meeting will be held with a representative from the state’s tourism bureau. Earlier, plans had been developed for Jan Kostner of the tourism bureau to meet Jan. 20 with Jeff Hendricks of the Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mayor Hap Gilbert and Village Administrator Heather Kimmons and additional Village representatives.
  • Public Works Director Larry Coloni has been elected as the region trustee for the Illinois section of the American Water Works Association. In other department news, crews have been working to trim and remove dead trees from the main section of the Forsyth Park.
  • Construction of the Shadow Ridge water main extension is 93 percent complete, according to a report from Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger.
  • Mayor Hap Gilbert reported 30 celebrity cooks had collected over 2,700 tickets from participants who purchased chili samples at the seventh annual Great Forsyth Regional Chili & Salsa Cookoff held Jan. 14 at Hickory Point Mall. Proceeds from the charity event will be divided between Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army.

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